Distilling Complexity: Navigating Media Framing in Policy-Making

The Walter Gordon Symposium is an annual conference co-hosted by the School of Public Policy and Governance and Massey College. In the lead up to the 2015 Walter Gordon Symposium, students, speakers, faculty, and community members are invited to share their reflections on the theme of ‘Confronting Complexity’ in Canadian society. ​This year’s conference will take place on March…

‘D’ Grade: A Look at Animal Welfare Policy in Canada

Celine Maiolino This past year was an exciting time in the world of animal welfare. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) agreed to replace their muskrat fur hats with a more animal-friendly alternative (although the decision was later overturned by the federal government), the Pope confirmed that all dogs do in fact go to heaven, an…

Opinion: The Vaccination Debate and the Importance of Framing

Tracy Wang As of February 6th, six Torontonians had been diagnosed with the measles virus. Of those six individuals, three were not vaccinated, one received only one of the two recommended doses of the vaccine, and the remaining two should have been immune (one was fully vaccinated and the other was born before 1970). While most domestic…

Public Transit Provision: A Problem in Organized Complexity

The Walter Gordon Symposium is an annual conference co-hosted by the School of Public Policy and Governance and Massey College. In the lead up to the 2015 Walter Gordon Symposium, students, speakers, faculty, and community members are invited to share their reflections on the theme of ‘Confronting Complexity’ in Canadian society. ​This year’s conference will take place on March…

Complexity: What’s in a Word?

The Walter Gordon Symposium is an annual conference co-hosted by the School of Public Policy and Governance and Massey College. In the lead up to the 2015 Walter Gordon Symposium, students, speakers, faculty, and community members are invited to share their reflections on the theme of ‘Confronting Complexity’ in Canadian society. ​This year’s conference will take place on March…

Let’s Talk About Sex Ed, Baby: A Look at Ontario’s Outdated Curriculum

Jennifer Mutton Remember sex education, or “sex ed”? Back when most readers would have taken the class, a teacher would darken the room, pull out the slide projector, and present a drawing of the female reproductive system for you to label. Today, that may seem archaic, as most school-aged children and youth can merely Google any…